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Autosomal recessive Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease with hoarseness

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Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.


Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


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Other names (AKA)

ARCMT2K; Autosomal recessive axonal CMT4C4; Autosomal recessive axonal Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2K;


Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Nervous System Diseases


The following summary is from Orphanet, a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.

Orpha Number: 101097

A severe, early-onset form of axonal CMT peripheral sensorimotor polyneuropathy.

ARCMT2K was originally described in three Spanish families and has since been described in five additional Spanish kindreds, as well as in families from Morocco, France and Poland.

Clinical description
Onset occurs in the neonatal period or early infancy with a clinical picture similar to that seen in CMT4A (another autosomal recessive form of CMT4 but with a demyelinating phenotype; see this term) including hypotonia, scoliosis, a hoarse voice, vocal cord paralysis and respiratory insufficiency. However, nerve conduction velocities and pathological findings from sural nerve biopsies in ARCMT2K patients are indicative of a predominantly axonal neuropathy with some demyelinating features.

ARCMT2K is caused by mutations in the GDAP1 gene (8q13.3), encoding a protein required for mitochondrial fission. Mutations in the same gene are associated with CMT4A and with a milder, later-onset autosomal dominant axonal form of CMT, CMT2K (see this term).

The prognosis for ARCMT2K may be severe, with two of the reported patients dying during in the fifth decade of life.

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5%-29% of people have these symptoms
Onion bulb formation
Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO
Absent tendon reflexes
Autosomal recessive inheritance
Axonal degeneration/regeneration
Decreased motor nerve conduction velocity
Decreased number of peripheral myelinated nerve fibers
Distal amyotrophy
Distal muscle wasting
Distal muscle weakness
Weakness of outermost muscles
Distal sensory impairment
Decreased sensation in extremities
Flexion contracture
Flexed joint that cannot be straightened
Neonatal onset
Pes cavus
High-arched foot
Spinal deformities
Split hand
Claw hand
Claw hand deformities
Claw hands
Claw-hand deformities

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Vocal cord paresis
Weakness of the vocal cords


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    • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
    • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
    • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.